Dr Rabia Javed, Dr Bazgha Muneer, Dr Iram Akbar Khan
Introduction: Oral conditions are known to affect almost half of the world’s population. Dental decay alone affects nearly 2.5 billion people, making it the most prevalent condition worldwide. Objectives: The main objective of the study is to find the association between oral health and diabetes in Pakistani population. Material and methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in Rawalpindi Medical University during June 2018 to June 2019. The data was collected from diabetic patients who visited the OPD of the hospital regularly. The data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire to find the oral health of diabetic patients. Results: The data was collected from 100 patients. The mean age of the participants ranged from 25 to 55 years. The majority were in the age bracket of 25–40 years. More than half the participants (55.2%) were not engaged in employment and 46.1% had no formal qualifications. Over half the participants (52.3%) were from low to middle income families (<$40 000 and $40 000 – <$80 000) and just over a third had health care cards. Conclusion: It is concluded that outcome of periodontal disease seemed to be influenced by the diabetic state to some degree, but a clear association between diabetes and oral health status was not found.